Date: 2/25/18 10:15 pm From: Joseph Hood <jhood001...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Sandpiper Still Here
We observed and photographed the continuing Purple Sandpiper in Calhoun County, Texas on Sunday, 2-25-18 from 4:41 pm until 5:29 pm as it foraged along the rocks between the south side of the remaining roadbed of the approach to the old dismantled Hwy. 35 causeway just southwest of Point Comfort and northeast of Port Lavaca, traveling from northeast to southwest on Hwy. 35, just before you cross the current Hwy. 35 causeway toward Port Lavaca. The approximate coordinates of the location where the Purple Sandpiper was foraging were: 28.6639, -96.5788. We remained in our vehicle, traveling very slowly and using the vehicle as a portable blind, as did some of the previous observers. The Purple Sandpiper was seemingly undisturbed by the presence of the truck and continued foraging as I photographed it. We parked the truck on the roadbed ahead of the Purple Sandpiper in the direction that it was foraging and photographed the sandpiper as it passed by the unmoving vehicle. That strategy seems less likely to flush the bird than attempting to photograph it from outside the vehicle, due to the fact that it forages among the rocks very close to the old roadbed. However, as another poster previously posted, that strategy might prove impractical for a large group of birders.